Think your kids spend too long on their phones? Want to know where they are but can never get hold of them? Just want to check-in and make sure everything is okay at their sleepover? We all know that many kids, teens, and adults love their phone – and with good reason. We have access to the entirety of human knowledge in our pockets, we can chat to our friends immediately. Need to make plans or have a gossip? Easily done. Plus, it’s easier to keep in touch with your kids when they’re out and about. Or, it should be…
Many kids seem to spend all the time on their phones but struggle when they see a text from mom or dad. They’ll always respond to their friends straight away, but not you. If you’ve had this problem, then one dad created the perfect app!
Nick Herbert, a UK dad, has the same problem. His son Ben would never text him back, so he took matters into his own hands. “When I try and contact him, he rarely answers,” Nick explained. “Either because he doesn’t hear the phone or because (and I’ve finally had to admit this to myself) he may be embarrassed to speak to his dad in front of his friends.”
But, with RespondASAP, your kid’s phone will be locked until they reply to your message sent through the app.
A notification will pop up on the screen, over whatever they are doing. If they try to ignore it, it will make a loud noise, even if the phone is on silent. Nick explained that his son was key in the development of the app.
“During the development process, I spoke to Ben and showed him the designs and thinking behind the app and he likes the idea because he will know that if he gets one of these messages then he will always hear it and will know it’s important.”
The messaging system works both ways, so your child is able to send you unignorable messages, too! We hope they’re not for new batteries for their Xbox controller.
What do you make of this? Is it a great safety feature, or is it more like child surveillance and a step too far? Let us know in the comments, and share with your family and friends.
Images courtesy of Pixabay and RespondASAP.